Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Perito Prize

The Perito Prize will open on September 1st and close on October 1st, 2019. Free to enter. Submit short stories, 1000-2000 words. Theme: Accessibility. One entry per person. First Prize is a cash prize of £250 and the story will be published on their website. Further details here.

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019

The Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019 is open until August 31, 2019. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, they invite poems and stories on any aspects of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos – the moon, stars and planets, astronomy or astrology, space exploration, UFOs. There are poetry and prose categories. […]

Segora International Writing Competitions 2019

The Segora International Writing Competition is open until June 15, 2019. There are short story, poetry, vignette and play categories. Short Story: Submit 1,500-3,000 words. Poetry: Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Plays: Submit one-act plays with a running time of up to 35 minutes. Vignettes: Submit up to 300 words. The prizes are […]

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 comes from the Poetry Society. Free to enter. Open to writers between the ages of 11 and 17. Submit poems of any length, in English. Deadline: July 31, 2019. Judges: Raymond Antrobus and Jackie Kay The winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential writing […]

The Betjeman Poetry Prize

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2019. Open to 10-13 year olds from the UK and Ireland. Free to enter. Theme: Place Judges: Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon First prize is £500 for the winner and £5,000 for the English Department at the winner’s school. The runners-up will receive £200. £50 each […]

Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2019. Free to enter for children. Entry fee for adults is £3. Theme: ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. Prizes for adult category: Larkin prize: £500. Second prize: £200. Third Prize: £100 Primary school prize: £50. Secondary school prize: £75 The judging panel includes James Nash, […]

Daily Mail First Novel Competition

The Daily Mail First Novel Competition is open until June 14, 2019 (5.30pm). Free to enter. Open to residents of the UK and Ireland, aged 16 and over. Submit the first 3,000 words of your novel and a synopsis of the rest of the story (max 600 words). Prize: A £20,000 advance, representation by literary […]

Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize

The Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize is open until July 15, 2019. Free to enter. The prize is for unpublished novels of over 30,000 words. Open to writers living in the UK or Ireland. Prize: publication and a £3,000 advance. More here.

Quarto Translations/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Award

The Quarto Translations/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Awards are now open until July 31, 2019. The awards include the Diversity Award, Cultural Award and Hatchling Short Story Competition. The awards are aimed at encouraging diverse writers and diverse stories as well as providing opportunities for writers who would not normally be able to benefit from the […]

Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon’s Kindle Storyteller Award is open until August 31, 2019. The award is open to authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk from 1st May 2019 to 31st August 2019. Your book should be in English, must be previously unpublished and should be at least 24 pages in paperback. The winner […]

Hastings Litfest 2019 Competitions

The Hastings Litfest 2019 Competitions are open until June 30, 2019. There are short story, poetry and flash fiction competitions. Short Story: submit up to 1,500 words. Poetry: each poem should have a maximum of 40 lines. Flash Fiction: submit up to 500 words. Entry fee £5 The judges in each category are: Short Story: […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international flash fiction competition. Deadline: May 31, 2019 Submit stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: £7. Fifty long-listed authors will be offered publication in their annual print anthology and will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story […]

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award is open until June 15, 2019. Open to British or Irish authors aged 18-35. The prize of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. There are three awards of £500 each […]

CWI March 2019 Competition Results

March 2019 Competition Results Winner: Charles Leggett. Read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Helen Larder, Hazel Wynn, Bibi Kington Brady, Thomas Polo, Polly Margesson

The Big Issue Crime Novel Competition

The Big Issue Crime Novel Competition is open until May 31, 2019. Free to enter. Submit a completed crime novel and a synopsis. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Avon Books (an imprint of HarperCollins). More here.

Wise Writer Short Story Contest

The Wise Writer Short Story Contest is open until June 15, 2019. Submit stories up to 2,500 words, any subject, in any style. This is an international contest, open to writers aged 16 and over. Judge: Juliana Galassi Prizes: $2,000, $500, $250 Entry Fee: $13 More here.

2019 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

The 2019 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition is open until June 4, 2019. Write a short story that starts and ends with the same opening and closing lines as Ray Bradbury’s classic work, Fahrenheit 451: It was a pleasure to burn…When we reach the city. The winner will receive $500. Runners-up will receive $50. They […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2019. Prizes: £200, £75, £25. Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Contest is open until May 31, 2019. Guest Judge: Literary Agent Savannah Brooks of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Submit short fiction, any genre, 250 – 750 words. Prizes: $400, $300, $200, publication in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, an interview, and a $25 […]

Closed: Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize

The Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize is open until May 25, 2019. Prizes: £1000, £200, £50. The winners and longlisted entrants’ stories will be published in an anthology. Open to all UK residents. Your story should be for adults and should be between 1000 and 5000 words Longlisted stories will be read and judged […]

The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award 2019

The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award 2019 is open until June 16, 2019. Take a particular historical incident and weave a story around it. The story should have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. Submit up to 1500 words. The prizes are over $1000 in total. Entry fees: $14 for one story, […]

Marsden the Poetry Village Competition

The Marsden the Poetry Village Competition is open until June 1, 2019. Judge: Patience Agbabi Submit poems on the theme of “Together”. Prizes: £300, £100, £50. The winning entries and selected runners-up will be published in a competition anthology. Entry Fee: £4 for one poem. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, it’s […]

Pennine Ink Writers Competition

The Pennine Ink Writers Competition is open until July 7, 2019. Submit flash fiction, up to 500 words using the picture featured on their website as inspiration. Entry fees: £3 for one story, £5 for two. First prize is £50 and a copy of the current Pennine Ink magazine. The winning story will be published […]

Soundwork Monologue Competition

The Soundwork Monologue Competition is open until September 30, 2019. Free to enter. Any style or theme. Up to ten minutes duration. The winning entry will be recorded by a professional actor and will be placed on Soundcloud and soundwork-uk.co.uk along with a photo. More here.

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]

Winchester Poetry Prize

The Winchester Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250. There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet. The winners and longlisted poets will be invited to read at an awards event in October. Winning and commended poems will be published in a special anthology. Submit […]

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2019

The Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2019 is open until June 30, 2019. Prizes: £500, £250, £150. The winners and runners-up will be invited to read their poetry at the Manchester Literature Festival in October. Poems should be broadly religious or ‘spiritual’ in nature and, appeal to those who would not necessarily describe themselves as ‘religious’. […]

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2019

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2019 is open until May 31, 2019. The winner will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected […]

Writing Writers Drabble Contest

The Writing Writers Drabble Contest is a monthly competition. Free to enter. No set theme or subject matter. If you enter the competition, you are granting permission to publish the story on the Writing Writers Website so they can open voting. Submit one drabble per month. All entries will be posted on the website anonymously […]

The Wells Festival Competitions

The Wells Festival Competitions are open until June 30, 2019. This year’s prize money is £750, £300, £200 and Local Prize £100 for the Short Story, Open Poetry and Book for Children competitions. The prize in the Young Poets category is £150 and a year’s subscription to The Poetry Society. Judges: Simon Armitage for Open […]

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 is open until July 1, 2019. Free to enter. The Prize will be awarded for an original and previously unpublished playscript for theatre, radio or television, max 15 minutes in length. Submit a one-page treatment, 500-800 words. The scripts should be in one location and feature no […]

Creative Writing NZ Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 3,000 words. Open to all nationalities. You must be aged 18 and over to enter. Prize: NZ$30. The winning author will also be offered publication on their webiste. More here.

Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize

The Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize is open until June 14, 2019. The prize is aimed at 18-26 years olds. Entry fee: £1 for 1 poem/story, £1.75 for 2 poems/stories or £2.25 for 3 poems. First prize is six mentoring sessions from an experienced writer. All winning entrants will be published online and in a printed […]

Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2019

The Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2019 is open until May 31, 2019. Open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre. The winner will receive £1,000 and an introduction to literary agent, Nelle Andrew. The runner-up will receive £250 and a manuscript review. Judges: Nelle Andrew and Beth […]

2019 Creative Future Writers’ Award

The 2019 Creative Future Writers’ Award is now open until June 2, 2019. Free to enter. The Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. They showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. There […]

Not So Normal Narrators 2019

The Not So Normal Narrators 2019 competition is open until August 31, 2019. This is an international competition, open to writers aged 14 and over. Submit stories, 2,000-5000 words. Prompt: Diverse and Unusual Teen Voices Prizes: £200, £100, £50. The top ten stories will also be included in an anthology, released in winter 2019. Entry […]

Crabbe Poetry Competition 2019

The Crabbe Poetry Competition 2019 is open until June 29, 2019. Prizes: £600, £300, £150, two highly commended prizes of £75 each. Entry Fee: £3 per poem Judge: Tiffany Atkinson, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. The competition is open to anyone who was either born, educated, working or resident in […]

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is open until 28 June 2019 (5pm BST). There are three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. The winners in each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize. They will also be published in Wasafiri and offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in […]

2019 Berlin Writing Prize

The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize is open until June 30, 2019. Theme: The Circus Submit fiction and non-fiction of up to 3,000 words. Entry Fee: €12 The winner will receive a one-month residency in an apartment at Berlin’s Circus Hotel, and a four-day pass to The British Council Germany’s Literary Seminar. Two runners up will […]

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2019

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2019 is open until June 30, 2019. Judge: Kid de Waal Prizes: 1st prize – €3,000. 2nd prize – week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend. 3rd prize – €1,000. The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the work […]

Bath Novel Award 2019

The Bath Novel Award 2019 is open until June 2nd 2019. First prize is £2,500. Entry fee: £25 per novel with sponsored entries available for writers on low incomes. Judge: literary agent Hellie Ogden More here.

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

We are looking for short stories or poetry and the word limit is 3,000 words (for short stories) or 40 lines (for poetry). Entries should be in English and we accept submissions from writers around the world of any age. You can submit one entry every month. Please feel free to resubmit your work every month. We do not accept previously published material.

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition

The Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition is open until May 26, 2019. Submit up to 50 lines. Entry Fee: £5 (£6 PayPal) Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus 17 runners up published on website and in a future anthology. More here.

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: 1st :£1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull. 2nd: £500. 3rd: £250. 3 x Highly Commended: £100. 14 x Shortlisted: £50. Submit […]

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

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